Welcome to the Darrouzet-Nardi Lab homepage!
Last updated March 21, 2018
ABOUT THE LAB: I am an assistant professor in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Texas at El Paso. The goal of our lab is to use ecological field experiments to investigate plant and soil processes that drive terrestrial ecosystems, especially in mountains, deserts, and the Arctic tundra. Many of our projects also include a global change component such as the effects of invasive species, air pollution, or climate change.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: I'm not currently recruiting students, but if you feel you are the perfect match, please feel free to get in touch. More information here.
CURRENT WORK: A major focus of the lab is a National Science Foundation funded project examining the fungal loop hypothesis. We are currently conducting a multi-site experiment to study the fungal loop in desert ecosystems. More specifically, we are looking at subterranean fungal connections between biological soil crusts (don't bust the crust!) and plants in three different deserts: the Chihuahuan desert near El Paso, the Colorado Plateau near Moab, and, between those, the Sevilleta LTER near Albuquerque. We have what I consider to be a truly excellent team of PIs, postdocs, technicians, graduates, and undergraduates working on this project. We are also building up data on both enzyme activities in Arctic soils and carbon cycling in drylands that will hopefully lead to larger projects down the line.
THE BLOG: My blog is down right now because it is in the process of moving from it's long-time home on the artifex server. It was a fantastic place for it and I am most grateful to my friend Hunter Blanks for being generous enough to host it there for its first 10 years! Now it's time for it to move on and hopefully it will be back up soon.
Department of Biological Sciences
500 W. University Ave.
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968
Office: Biology B401
Lab: Biology B419
Pronunciation of Darrouzet: DARE-uh-ZET.